Creating Cannabis Citizen Scientists Using Open and Community-Based Research Methodologies to Understand Cannabis Consumers and Patients in Massachusetts and the United States
30 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2020
Date Written: October 5, 2020
Regulatory barriers prevent widespread availability of cannabis data in the United States (US). As legalization occurs in the US, assessment of consumer/patient population becomes increasingly important, particularly in newly legal states including Massachusetts (MA). Anecdotal and peer-reviewed evidence suggests cannabis effectively treats a variety of symptoms. With high regulatory barriers and a lack of research funding, there is a need to collect cannabis user data outside academically sponsored studies using “citizen science” methods, which have the potential to aggregate shared discovery while educating about cannabis.
Keywords: Cannabis, mental health, citizen science, marijuana, consumer wellness, opioids, cannabis education, ethics, research, regulation
JEL Classification: M00, M38, H00, I00, Q00
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